June 22, 2017  |  Vol. 4 No. 25

Worship this Sunday
Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m.
"Truth Makes Love Possible"
Lauren Wyeth
Cornel West reminds us to "[n]ever forget that justice is what love looks like in public." Rowan Williams writes, "Truth makes love possible." On this LGBTQ Pride Sunday, we consider the complicated and necessary connection between truth and justice for LGBTQ people, and for all who long for liberation. How can we cultivate the courage required to speak - and hear - truth?
This Sunday's guest speaker is Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at First Universalist Church.
Summer Sundays for Kids 

A Look Ahead
Sunday, July 2, 10 a.m.
Jim Foti

Recent Sermon Podcasts
June 18, 2017
Rev. Karen Hering and
Catherine Charles Hammond
June 11, 2017
"Meeting the Moment with Movement"
Rabbi Michael Latz
June 4, 2017
"Rooted in Gratitude"
Rev. Justin Schroeder
Listen to the podcast

Summer Worship Theme: Meeting the Moment
Sometimes it happens in a small room, when your mind quiets, and the rhythm of your breath begins to lead. Sometimes it happens in a conversation, when you take a leap of faith and step into a hard conversation. Sometimes it is that crazy notion that will not be pushed aside, and you make an about turn that leads into an unimaginable freshness of life and purpose. Sometimes it's showing up in the streets, in a rotunda, in a meeting, in covenantal community. Sometimes it's showing up for yourself. The religious life is meeting the moment over and over again. Join us this summer as ministers and speakers from all different walks of life and contexts tell of their spiritual grounding, and stories of meeting the moment.
Artist's Reception: Beth Andrews
Sunday, June 25 after the 10 a.m. service
Join us on Sunday, June 25 for a reception for artist Beth Andrews, whose paintings are currently on view in the gallery space in the social hall. The medium used in Andrews' paintings is called "Encaustic." It is a mixture of beeswax and resin, and the process involves layering and scraping back, hiding and revealing. The finished product has the look and feel of an archeological finding. Meet the artist in the social hall after worship! Learn more about the exhibit on our website.
Senior Hike with Daytime Connections
Thursday, June 29,  10 a.m.
Meet at Lucky's 13 in Mendota
Join us for our next seniors hike with Daytime Connections!  Meet at Lucky's 13 Restaurant/Pub ( 1352 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, MN 55150).  We will hike along one of two possible routes, depending on weather and trail conditions, for approximately 2 hours. Both routes will be out-and-back hikes; thus, it will be possible for folks to turn around at any point as weather and bodies dictate.  We will plan to hike regardless of the weather unless it is severe. Bring water, dress accordingly and bring insect repellent.  We will gather at Lucky's 13 for sustenance, hydration, and conviviality after the hike.  RSVP to Tom Saterstrom:  saterstromtom@yahoo.com  or 952-239-3629 (cell phone).
Wellspring Info Session
Sunday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wellspring offers spiritual deepening within our UU tradition and is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our faith through a year-long small group experience. You're invited to join us at an upcoming info session to learn more! After a day-long opening retreat on August 26, Wellspring will meet every other week through May 2018. Attendance at an info session is required if you wish to participate next year. Learn more.
Racial Justice and Our UU Faith Workshop
Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, 6:30-9
Join us for a workshop exploring a framework and tools for understanding race, racism, and whiteness and the spiritual imperative that drives our racial justice work. 
This is a two-part workshop offered on Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, from 6:30-9 p.m., led by Channing McKinley and Jeff Sylvestre.
To register, contact Sandy at  Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701.
Save the Date: Lake Harriet Bandshell Worship Service & Potluck
Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. and join us for our annual outdoor worship service and potluck picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! This will be our only service on this Sunday.
First Universalist Stories: McLean Cozine
Each week throughout the summer, we're featuring one or two stories submitted by members about what First Universalist Church means to them.  

McLean Cozine writes:

McLean Cozine
"First Universalist Church means the world to me. Other than my home, there is no place where I have grown up more. I came for RE almost every week from first grade until I left for college, and I have made it a point to get back whenever I'm home. All because of the people. I have so many friends here - some that I met in first grade and others that I met in my senior year of high school. Regardless, they have supported me, shown me love, and been around for the good times and the bad. From the people in my RE classes and youth groups; to my teachers and mentors; to Justin, Lauren, Ruth, and the rest of the ministers and staff, I have love for so many people here. They have taught me so much, helped me learn so much about myself, and instilled in me a compassion for all of those around me. I am so thankful for them, and for this wonderful church where these relationships take root and grow. First Universalist is a second home, a community of learning, and a place that radiates warmth, clarity, and peace. I hope that as you read these words, you feel the same way."
Young Adults Summer Barbecue
Relax and connect with other folks in their 20s and 30s with a Sunday afternoon barbecue. We'll meet on June 25 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of Margot Isman and Sebastian Anti in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring something to share and your ideas for future young adult activities. This will be a sober space; all are welcome! 

RSVP to youngadultsfirstu@gmail.com for the address and more information.
Religious Education Registration Open for 2017-18
From September through May, First Universalist Church offers Sunday morning childcare for children ages 6 months to 2 years, and Religious Education classes for preschool through high school. We are home to more than 500 children and youth!

There is no fee for Religious Education or childcare. Registration is now open online for the upcoming 2017-2018 church year. 
Learn more about our classes and register children of all ages, from nursery through senior high school, at 1stureligiouseducation.weebly.com.
Habitat for Humanity Summer Work Week Registration Open
One of the best weeks of the whole year is just around the corner - First Universalist's Habitat for Humanity summer work week! Our week is Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18 . Our site is in North Minneapolis. 

Please consider joining in. We need 60 volunteers in all (12 per day). Volunteers must be over sixteen years of age, and sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. The work day is from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., and lunch will be provided. 

Worried that you don't know much about how to use tools? No worries! Your fellow volunteers and our Habitat site supervisor will help you. 

To sign up, go to the link below and register for one day, multiple days or the whole week.

  Cycle of Life and Pastoral Care

Let Us Keep You in Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you are experiencing a crisis or transition, or celebrating a joy, please let us know. To be included in our Cycle of Life each Sunday in worship, contact Sandy DiNanni at sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. If you would like support, call the office at 612-825-1701 or contact any member of our Pastoral Care Team.
Congregational Care: Caring Corner
Write a note to a congregant who could use support! There are cards available in the library, which is located off of the Social Hall. You are welcome to stop by and write a card at any time. Just leave it in the basket and the church will mail it for you. Learn more about congregational care on our website
Planned Giving & the Heritage Circle
Please let us know  when you designate First Universalist Church as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan so we can thank you for your generous commitment and welcome you to the Heritage Circle. The church office and the Planned Giving Committee can help you. Learn more on our website.
 Healing Minnesota Stories/SPIN - Sacred Sites Tour
Saturday, June 24 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Meet at Church of St. Peter in Mendota
The tour centers around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground...  Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota/Lakota), and offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling. Come prepared for the weather (rain or shine), and bring your own snacks. Cost: Suggested donation ($20-40) the day of the tour or online. Donations support Healing Minnesota Stories programs and events. Register names/email addresses at  info@spinterfaith.org .   Read more.    

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